March 5, 1958 as Marvin Lawrence Winans in Detroit, Michigan. He and his fraternal twin brother, Carvin (who was born first), were the third and fourth children born to David “Pop” Winans, Sr. and Delores “Mom” Winans.

Pastor Winans Quote:

“Respect is a great thing that’s missing in music today. Respect for the music itself. Respect for artistry. It’s changed in respect for the audience. You listen to rappers and the likes and they have no respect. They feel as if people have to buy their music and that they have to go to their concerts. If stuff’s not right, they blame everyone but themselves.”

From 2007 interview with

The Music:

Born to musical parents, Mom and Pop Winans, Marvin Winans was the fourth of ten children. As a part of what is called “the First Family of contemporary black gospel,” he started singing at the age of 4. As Marvin got older, he sang with siblings Ronald, Carvin, and Michael in the early 1970s as The Testimonial Singers.

In 1975, they changed their name to The Winans. Discovered by Andrae Crouch, The Winans were signed to Light Records and they released their first album in 1981.

The Ministry:

At the age of 12, Marvin Winans came to know Christ during a 150-day revival conducted by Mother Estella Boyd. A mere six years later, on December 18, 1976, he answered the call to ministry and preached his first sermon at Shalom Temple.

Mixing his gift of preaching with his music, for years he would preach in the hotel rooms that he and his brothers were staying in as they traveled for concerts. Eventually, he started a church in the basement of his home with seven people who committed themselves to follow him as he followed Jesus. Moving out of his basement was next and on May 27, 1989, Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan held its first official service.

Marvin Winans Discography:

As a solo artist

Alone but Not Alone, 2007 (Purchase/Download)
The Songs of Marvin Winans, 2006
With the Perfected Praise Choir

Friends, 2001
Introducing Perfected Praise, 1992
With The Winans

The Definitive Original Greatest Hits, 2005
Christmas: Our Gifts to You, 2000
Heart & Soul, 1995
All Out, 1993
Return, 1990
Live at Carnegie Hall, 1988
Decisions, 1987
Let My People Go, 1985
Long Time Comin’, 1985
Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, 1984
Introducing the Winans, 1981

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